Monthly Archives: May 2015

Memorial Day At Brick Church

For many years, a memorial service has taken place on the third Sunday in May at the cemetery, near Bacon’s Castle, where nearly all my ancestors are buried.

Yesterday, Motor Man and I attended. Less than 30 minutes before time for the service to begin, a brief shower came through the area.

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I wrote about the cemetery, known locally as “Brick Church” in this post from 2011. The physical appearance of the building changed drastically when it was damaged during Hurricane Isabel. But the familiarity of the grounds is the same as I remember from the first time I stepped foot there as a small child.

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Walking through the cemetery, I pass the graves of my parents, my sister, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins from both “sides” of my family.

These are the graves of my maternal great grandparents, John and Ross Anna Warren. The “anna” portion of my name is for her. Had Marshall been a girl, her name would have been Amanda Ross. My mom was twelve when her grandmother died; how I wish I’d asked her to share with me her memories of my namesake.

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Brick Church is a beautiful place with old, old tombstones, fences and gates.

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The cemetery is situated directly beside a highway: two-laned, but busy. When I was in elementary school, our bus driver, Miss Annie Rose, was an older lady who lived in the community.  If a funeral was being held on a particular afternoon, she would inform us as we boarded the bus for the ride home. She taught us the importance of being quiet and respectful. And, as a bus full of boisterous school children passed the cemetery, you could have heard a pin drop.

My respect for The Old Brick Church Cemetery was instilled upon me from an early age, not just by Miss Annie Rose on the bus, but also by my mom during our visits there.

But my appreciation for its beauty and history has  been learned through the years.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Time for some Friday randomness, this week dominated by family felines:

1.)  Marshall sent me this picture of his kitty, Snugg.  Marshall thinks a larger sofa may be in order.


2.) Speaking of kitties and silly poses:


3.) And still more:

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4.)  Admit it, we all have ’em.  That one pair of knock-around shoes that really needs to be tossed, but they’re just so comfy, we tend to hang onto them.  Allow me to introduce you to Motor Man’s: Bo and Re-bo.

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5.) Yesterday was a perfect day for yard work, and today seems just as promising.  Tomorrow, our Farmers Market may be calling my name. I’m guessing there will be some plants there that I need.

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Your weekend plans?

~These Days Of Mine~

Signs Of Spring

It’s beginning to look a lot like….SPRING! (Salvia, nearly black iris, “that ol’ moss” and a little country birdhouse.)

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A garden visitor, whose taste in plants, thankfully, doesn’t include salvia.

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My “dish garden”, a rusty mini birdbath and alyssum in a ceramic pitcher.

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Succulents in an old colander and mandevilla for the hummingbirds.

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My mom’s iris” and a kitty bearing birdseed for her feathered friends.

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 And last, but certainly not least, I finally found black-eyed Susan vines for sale and bought three for me and two for a friend. More of that ol’ moss in the foreground.

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And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to weed, water, deadhead, spray Liquid Fence and prune…. and perhaps take a couple more pictures.

~These Days Of Mine~

Our Mother’s Day

As expected, yesterday was spent celebrating with family.

We began the day with Marshall joining us for breakfast.  He came bearing garden flags, which I love.

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Later in the day, Motor Man and I joined his family to honor his mom. I thought she looked quite festive in her “spring” scarf.

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Sundae gave me a balloon.

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As did Gypsy.

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(Both kitties were scared of the balloons, and “bowed up” like Halloween cats, so we had to move the balloons to rooms that we could close off from kitties.)

And Motor Man, in addition to helping the kitties with their balloons (which he vehemently denies), also gave me a sweet card.

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There were smiles, laughter, and  good food. And we had sunshine.

There were also bittersweet memories of mothers who are gone, those who are childless (not by choice), and children who lost their moms much too early.  And we had rain.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday For Mother’s Day

A special “edition” of R5F this week in honor of Mother’s Day.

1.) The reason I celebrate the holiday:

"Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside." ~Rachel Wolchin

“Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.” ~Rachel Wolchin

2.) Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death.  Losing her just a few days before Mother’s Day was especially painful. But, with time, the good memories outweigh the sadness.

"The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her".  Unknown

“The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her”. Unknown

3.) Stretching the Mother’s Day theme with this picture, but she IS a mom, caring for her five little ones.  Papa was just out of the shot.

How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet

How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet

4.) To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, our plans include breakfast with Marshall and lunch with Motor Man’s mom and sisters.

” You count the hours you could have spent with your mother, it’s a lifetime in itself.”  Mitch Albom

5.) And you know that I’ll have the camera ready for mother/son pictures.

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

If you still have your mom, I hope you get to spend time with her (or talk with her on the phone) Sunday.  If she’s no longer with you, I know your memories of her will be part of your day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Scenes From Lexington

The weather this past weekend could not have been more perfect. So Motor Man and I made a quick decision to take an overnight trip to the mountains.

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As I mentioned in Monday’s post, we went to Lexington (Virginia). We had three things in mind to do during our visit there:

1.) The Lexington Carriage Historical Tour.  I had recently learned about this in a post by my blogging and Facebook friend, Dor, who lives near Lexington.

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Our guide/driver was Courtney, a fun, spirited young lady who is so knowledgeable about the town.  Her tour was simply wonderful, and we would suggest it to anyone  who visits Lexington. Our carriage was pulled by Pete (left) and Babe, the diva.

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 There are so many beautiful historic homes in Lexington, including the Lee House, home to Robert E. Lee, president (1869-1870) of Washington & Lee University and all succeeding presidents of the college.

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A brick stable for Lee’s horse, Traveller, was built on the property. The doors are left open at all times, to allow Traveller’s spirit to roam free.

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2.)  The second thing we wanted to do was meet Dor and her husband, Bill, which we did. You can read about our visit with them in this post.

3.) And last, but not least, we I wanted to do some antiquing.  While Dor and I were at one of the antique malls in Lexington, Motor Man waited for us in the vehicle. I love this picture he took of one of the shop’s many kitties.

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After our visit with Dor and Bill at their home, Motor Man and I stayed overnight in nearby Waynesboro and antiqued our way home on Sunday.

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Just about a perfect weekend….

~These Days Of Mine~

Another Name On The List…

…of bloggers I’ve met in person.

One of the perks of blogging is not only “meeting” fellow bloggers online and following their blogs, but also the opportunity to occasionally meet one in person.

That happened this weekend when Motor Man and I packed a bag and headed west. Our destination was Lexington, where we met Dor, author of the blog, Virginia Views, and her husband, Bill.  First we enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Sheridan Livery Inn.

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Following lunch, we strolled through the garden at the Stonewall Jackson House, where we saw this historic version of a scarecrow.

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Then Bill headed home to do some “guy chores”, and Motor Man chauferred Dor and me to a couple of huge antique malls, where we spent most of the afternoon.

Later, as we were taking Dor home, she gave us a tour of her beautiful neighborhood. We had a nice visit in their lovely home and enjoyed the amazing view they have of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These mountains are to the east: can you imagine the sunrises….?

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I think this is a sweet picture I took of Dor and Bill on their deck.

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We really enjoyed our visit and seeing Dor’s part of Virginia. They gifted us with a “care package” of snacks for our trip: peanuts and homemade ginger snaps (YUM!).

In my next post, I’ll share what other sights Motor Man and I took in while in Lexington.

~These Days Of Mine~